Every year Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts Combined Graduate Level – Tier I and Tier II Level (CGL) examination for Group B & Group C posts in Department of Government of India. These examinations include Combined Graduate Level Examination, Tax Assistant Examination, Statistical Investigators Examination, Junior Engineers Examination, Deputy Field Officer (Cab Sect) Examination, Data entry Operator Examination, Sub Inspector in CPOs Examination, Section Officer Examination, and many more.
The revised calendar announced by SSC on 10th April 2017, shows the release of CGL 2017 Notification on 16th May, 2017 and the Tier- I examination is scheduled to be held in August tentatively in an online mode. The aspirants have a plenty of time to work hard and strategize the plans for the best results.
All you need to do is to follow the given tips and strategies from our gurus and boost your score.
- Overall Strategy & Time Management
One of the most important and helpful tool to crack any entrance exam is to practice, practice and practice. Ensure that you solve sufficient previous years’ question papers and that too in a given time frame. This will increase your speed. Solving papers is a futile task if you do not evaluate your performance. It helps you to differentiate your weak and strong areas and pay due attention to work on the weak points. Managing the time effectively with the proper strategy will help you to ace your preparation and score well.
- General Intelligence and Reasoning
Reasoning basically is related with logical thinking. The questions from this area are generally from areas like Number series, Coding-Decoding, Arrangement-Direction test, Non verbal ,Classification (odd one out) test, Mathematical operations, cubes and cubical dice test , Syllogisms , Statement conclusion etc. Make sure that you practice a lot for this section, get previous year question papers and notice the trend. Try to solve questions in the stipulated time frame; this will enable you to develop a habit of doing more questions in less time.
- General Awareness
This section is divided into two parts in SSC .One is static GK and the other one is current affairs. Most of the students only focus on reading newspapers and monthly magazines to clear this section but, they don’t realize that almost 80%of the general awareness questions come from Static general knowledge and science. So, you have to make Science and Static your first priority. This section is further divided into four major parts:
- History: In SSC exam history is only Indian history so, there is no need to read world history. Indian history is divided into three parts: Ancient, Medieval and Modern. Start with the NCERT history books of class 7th to 12th. But don’t read it very deeply and don’t try to cram all dates and names.
- Geography and Economics: Focus only on physical and Indian Geography. No need to go through world geography. Some questions are also asked from economy but they are very few in number. Read NCERT of Geography from class 7th to 10th and Economics book of classes 11th and 12th.
- Science: The general awareness section of SSC normally contains 35% of science based questions. But technology related current affairs are normally not asked in the exam. You can start with basic NCERT science books from 7th to 10th class.
- Current Affairs: For current affairs focus on the events and happening of past one year. Read at least one news paper daily. Try to read only the important information such as names of people and places in news, names of receivers of various awards etc. Also, go through the BUDGET as well, as SSC usually asks questions from it.
Quantitative aptitude requires two things: 1) Conceptual Clarity and 2) Practice. The key areas of this section are Ratio and Partnership, Number theory, Average and Allegations, Time, Speed and Distance, Algebra, Percentage, Data interpretation, Trigonometry and Geometry. Prepare these topics from class 8th, 9th and 10th NCERT math books. Pay more attention towards Trigonometry, Percentage, Algebra and Geometry as maximum number of question come from these sections. In 2012, SSC increased the level of difficulty of the questions. Always be prepared for difficult questions in the exam and invest your time accurately in every topic of the section.
The main areas of English section will be Vocabulary, Grammar (Parts of Speech) Idioms, Spelling test, Sentence Completion and Reading Comprehension. To master this section start preparing with vocabulary as a good vocabulary will help you winning the half battle because half of the verbal ability section is filled with the question based on words. Go through the basic rules of grammar with a deep focus on Active and Passive voice and Direct and Indirect Speech. The collective efforts in vocabulary and grammar will help you to tackle this section proficiently.
Follow the above pointers and make sure to book a seat in your dream job!